The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, one of the world's top-selling automakers, has chose to go with Google's Android operating system to run its dashboard information and entertainment features. The promise for consumers? "We are building powerful connected and seamless onboard and off-board experiences into our vehicles, in addition to the features of Google applications and services that many users are accustomed to".
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This infotainment allows drivers to access the maps and app store through voice assistant from the vehicle's dashboard. The ultimate vision for Google is to create a broad ecosystem for its users, so they will be able to move their digital lives effortlessly between devices, whether it is a auto, home or smartphone. The system will also be compatible with devices running other operating systems, such as Apple's iPhone. The Wall Street Journal notes the resistance is apparent as carmakers believe Google and other tech giants might abuse users private information for their own profit.
Of course, not everyone loves Google's user interfaces - we see you, Apple diehards - so there's a good chance a significant segment of the population might not be so happy to see the company invading their cars. Hence, they try to hinder efforts of tech giants into vehicle manufacturing space and rather build their own entertainment and GPS systems, despite facing challenges streamlining the technology. The implementation of Google services hopes to combat that classic limitation with infotainment vehicles and help push the auto giants into a new era of profit and innovation. The new partnership gives Alphabet Inc access to the an alliance which sold 10.6 million cars in 2017, and has already sold 5.5 million in six months of 2018.
Google first had Android Auto but in the past couple of years have been developing a deeper Android integration into the automobile called Android Automotive.
This means that the clunky infotainment set-ups used by the three-make alliance will be tossed out in favour of the widely used and functional Android operating system.